The historic free-trade negotiations between Canada and the European Union were launched to much fanfare this month, but reaching a deal between the 27-country economic bloc and the provincially dominated federation of Canada will not be a walk in the park.
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in a series of private and public
gatherings this week in Geneva stressed the need for trading partners to
consider new ideas to help break the current impasse in the Doha round
of global trade talks, but also said the U.S. would look to build on the
work done so far rather than scrapping it.
The 32nd Congress of the International Metalworkers Federation held in Sweden this week resolved to mobilise metalworkers around the world for trade policies aimed at creating good jobs for all, promoting the fundamental workers’ rights and ensuring the right for all countries to development and to decent working and living conditions for their citizens.
Geneva heaves a sigh of relief. With Kamal Nath moved out of the Indian Commerce Ministry, the probability of concluding the contentious Doha Development Round of the WTO appears much brighter. Not that Kamal Nath was un-necessarily throwing spanners but his strong grip over the trade negotiations helped India to resist bullying and arm-twisting by the big boys of international trade.
As a result of increasing parliamentary and public concern, Bill C-23, the implementing legislation for the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), has been removed from the Canadian government's current legislative agenda.
Convocamos a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y
los movimientos sociales del mundo entero a expresar nuestra oposición
enérgica, unitaria e inequívoca a las pretensiones de concluir la
‘ronda’ de negociaciones comerciales de la Organización Mundial del
Comercio, y otros Tratados de Libre Comercio regionales y bilaterales
que los gobiernos están buscando imponer en muchas partes del mundo.
Nuestro compromiso es luchar juntos para frenar esas negociaciones que
fomentan la globalización comandada por las empresas t